Egypt was nearing a civil war as an upheaval of violence continued following the of ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.
“Syria is already engulfed in a civil war and, no matter how sad it may sound, Egypt is also moving in the same direction. It would be good, if the Egyptian people avoided this fate,” Russian state news service RIA Novosti quoted Putin as saying.
Former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, on Saturday said that the possibility of a civil war taking place in Egypt was low because Egypt had a largely homogenous population unlike Syria, and the population was behind the army.
"The army is in the general consensus and the possibility that it would open fire on civilians does not exist," Yadlin said.